​​​​Just over a quarter of the people in NSW live outside the three major cities of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. Regional NSW is characterised by its diversity. It is made up of major regional centres and coastal cities, small towns and remote communities.

In NSW, there are 15 local health districts (LHDs) responsible for providing health services in a wide range of settings, from primary health care posts in the remote outback to metropolitan tertiary health centres. Nine of these LHDs are classified as regional.

Regional communities are also supported by a number of state-wide and specialist health services.

NSW regional and rural local health districts

Key rural health initiatives

Current as at: Thursday 18 January 2024
Contact page owner: Regional Health Division